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Neighbors describe home that exploded after suspected arson

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A home explodes and police believe arson is to blame.  It happened at a home in the 2600-block of Seventh Avenue in Charleston's North Side late Saturday night.

"Poof and it shook the foundation," said Kimberly Mullins, a neighbor.

"It was just one big boom," said Elbin Derrick Jr.

People say they feared neighboring homes exploded too.

"It was very scary, because I have a couple small children," said Elbin Derrick.

This is just one of many homes that has been set on fire recently.  Most of the fires are in Charleston's west side.

"It's a big problem," said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.

The mayor says between 1,500 and 2,000 vacant homes have been torn down in the past 10 years in Charleston.

No one was hurt in Saturday night's suspected arson and neighbors say they saw a white car driving away after the home exploded.

If you have any information, please call the state's arson hotline at 1 (800)-231-ARSON.